The Widow's Might Program seeks to instruct, encourage, and empower these women shown below by providing food assistance each month, five goats in the first year (to help them start their own self sustaining herd), skills training, and Bible instruction. The cost of this program is $65 per month, and the length of the program for each sponsored widow is 24 months.
We are thrilled that 36 widows have already completed this 24 month program and another 59 are currently in the program. Another 29 have been interviewed and qualified for this program, but still wait for sponsors.
Click on the video below to hear Pastor Jeff's testimony of how sponsoring a widow has blessed him and his family. Then scroll down to learn about widows currently waiting be part of this life-changing opportunity. You may sign up on this page to sponsor any one of them.
Nairurari was a mere 14 years old when she was married before she had the opportunity to attend school. She was the second wife of her husband. The first wife was extremely jealous and treated her poorly. When the abuse did not work, the first wife returned to her family and would not return, even after the husband tried to bring her back.
Her husband died in 1974 when a tractor he was driving rolled and killed him. They had three children, and she lives with one of her sons and his family. All her land, animals and possessions were taken from her at the time of her husband's death. The family even took her daughter to marry her, so that they could keep the bride price. Nairurari went to the area chief and successfully rescued her 9 year old daughter. As payback for their failed attempt, the family severely beat Nairurari.
Nashuru's family married her at a very young and tender age of 11. She remembers being very scared. She was the second of three wives. The first wife was very kind to her and took good care of her. The third wife that came after her was also very young. Her husband died in January of 2021 due to kidney failure. She is the mother of three boys and two girls. Her girls are married and she lives with her sons. She helps supports the family by working in the corn and bean fields when work is available.
Mluejo had the opportunity to attend school up to the sixth grade. She was married by the time she was 17 years old. She is the first of three wives. Her husband died in 2015 from illness, leaving her with four children. One of her daughters still lives with her. She supports her family by doing garden work, despite struggling with problems with her eyes. Her biggest challenge is supporting her family.
Janet attended school up until grade seven. Her family married her off at the age of 15, at which time she became the first wife to her husband. He would later take a second wife as well. He died in 2010, as the result of a road accident. She has eight children, six of whom are still living at home with her. Thankfully, her husband's family did not try to take her land and animals away from her at the time of his death. She supports her family by doing beadwork and working in the fields. Her biggest challenges are affording to pay her children's school fees and providing enough food for the seven of them.
Nadutari has been a widow for 20 years. Her husband passed away from malaria, leaving her alone to take care of seven children. She never had the opportunity to attend school and was married as a teenage girl. She has a few livestock that help support her family, but she still struggles to pay school fees and provide for her family.
Nadutari comes from the Maasai community of Orkarkar. There is nothing easy about life in this rural, remote community. Their daily work consists of milking any animals they have and walking long distances to fetch water that they can carry on their backs. After doing this, they have to look for firewood for cooking, and have to wash clothes by hand. The closest market to purchase essentials is a least a five mile walk or further.
Noonkipa was married between the ages of 15-20 years old. She did not have the chance to attend school. When she was married, her father said, “go home with this man, he is now your husband.” She did not know him until that day. She was his second wife. Her husband died at home 20 years ago from malaria. She was pregnant with her fourth child at the time of his death. She has three boys still in school. She has a few sheep and cows that she sells to help pay for school fees, food and clothes. She often has to beg from other family members to assist her, but they do not. She is very grateful for the food assistance she received during the pandemic.
Noonkipa comes from the Maasai community of Orkarkar. There is nothing easy about life in this rural, remote community. Their daily work consists: of milking any animals they have, walking long distances to fetch water that they carry home on their backs. After fetching water they then have to look for firewood for cooking, and wash clothes by hand. The closest market to purchase essentials is at least a 5 mile walk if not longer.